Zee and son Jaden Enriquez
Pablo Di Maria
Under Coach Travis Carpenter, the Mission Oaks wrestling team had a successful 2014-2015 wrestling season. They qualified three wrestlers to the CIF state tournament in David Campbell (113 lbs.), Jaden Enriquez (132 lbs.) and Anthony Medley at 160 lbs. The Hawks also finish ninth in the Central Section and 13th in the CIF state tournament with two state finalist.
Now that Zee Enriquez (father of Jaden) will be taking the reins of the Mission Oaks wrestling team, and Coach Travis Carpenter will be staying in the program, expect big things from the small school from Tulare County.
“The first object for me as a coach is to build the camaraderie between wrestlers and coaches and hold a good stability in the room,” Zee Enriquez said.
With the addition of some tough incoming freshman to the Hawk wrestling team, Zee believes they can make the practice room a place to build future state champions.
“The expectations for this year, is to continue the success that we started a few years ago with David and Jaden. We have some tough incoming freshman that we are going to add to our arsenal and we’re very excited that some of these kids are going to make the room even better. In addition, I will make sure to preach to them the importance of not only being good on the mats but also in the classroom.
Zee has been involved in the sport of wrestling for many years. Especially, coaching his son (Jaden) throughout his youth career. This will be the first time Zee will be taking over a high school squad.
“This will be my first time ever being a head coach in high school. I’ve been offered many opportunities in the past and I’ve declined all. This year I decided to finally step up to the plate and coach some of the top wrestlers in the country. I have been a youth head coach for many years, so now being a high school coach will truly be a challenge I am willing to take head on.”
David Campbell is currently ranked # 19 at 120 lbs. while teammate Jade Enriquez is ranked # 12 at 132 lbs.in the nation by Associated Wrestling News.